Sept. ’02-Nov. ’04. Client (pro bono): The public interest. Geographic focus: Western public lands Project: Update and expansion of our landmark pioneering report on postfire watershed management (Beschta et al., 1995 ) in two peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals:
Beschta, R.L., J.J. Rhodes, J.B. Kauffman, R.E. Gresswell, G.W. Minshall, J.R. Karr, D.A. Perry, F.R. Haeur, and C.A. Frissell. 2004. Postfire Managment on Forest Public Lands of the Western United States, Conservation Biology 18:957-967.
Karr, J.R., J.J.Rhodes, G.W.Minshall, F.R. Hauer, R.L. Beschta, C.A. Frissell, D.A. Perry. 2004. The effects of post fire salvage logging on aquatic ecosystems in the American west. Bioscience 54(11) pp.1029-1033.
One other short commentary on a related issue was also published in a peer-reviewed journal as an off-shoot of this effort:
Rhodes, J.J. and D.C. Odion. 2004. Evaluation of the efficacy of forest manipulations still needed. BioScience 54: 980.
Oct. 2002. Client: Soil and Water Conservation Fund, ID. Geographic focus: N. Central ID Project: Expert witness testimony peer-reviewing of some of the science involved in successful litigation against water withdrawals that were causing take of bull trout listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Nov. ’02. Client: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Geographic focus: Umatilla River Basin, OR Project: Report summarizing available hydrologic information on the impacts of increased groundwater pumping from the severely overdrafted aquifer of the Umatilla River Basin. The report was part of the Tribes’ formal protest of applications for state permits to pump more groundwater from the overdrafted basin. The permits, if granted, would have increased groundwater pumping in the overdrafted basin by about 30%, but were tabled indefinitely in response to the Tribes’ protest.
Nov. ’02 – Mar. ‘03. Clients: Western Environmental Law Center, the Center for Biological Diversity, and Environmental Protection Information Center. Geographic focus: Six Rivers National Forest (SRNF), CA Project: Field-based expert witness testimony on how cattle grazing on the SRNF in watersheds of the Wild and Scenic N. Fork Eel River was negatively affecting the river and the ESA-listed steelhead trout that inhabit it. The litigation successfully compelled the SNRF to fully analyze and disclose the impacts of grazing on the N. Fk. Eel River in an EIS, which ultimately resulted in suspension of grazing on two allotments and the permanent closure of a third.
Nov. ’02 - Jan. ‘03. Client: West Multnomah County Soil and Water Conservation District, OR. Geographic focus: Tryon Creek, Portland, OR Project: Summary report on aquatic conditions and their causes in the urbanized Tryon Creek. The report included a number of recommendations for how to protect and restore the degraded creek, which still barely supports a few salmonid species listed under the ESA. The report’s abstract was included in: Proceedings of Urban Ecology and Conservation Symposium, January 24, 2003, Portland, OR. Portland State University.